The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy

4.3
165 reviews
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The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy is located inside the swank Graham Georgetown Hotel. Small plates, craft cocktails and dinner are served daily in this cool underground haute.

Alex is perfect for a fun night out with friends and colleagues or a romantic evening with someone special. Saturday Nights feature live trio Jazz from 8:00pm - 11:00pm.

***Saturday Jazz Nights- Please be aware of our 2 hour sitting limit for Jazz Nights. We understand you like to enjoy the live Jazz but we also have others that like to attend. Please be courteous of other reservations. Thank you

*** Please be aware of our cancellation policy: You may cancel your reservation up to 24 hours prior to the reservation. If you do not cancel by phone or online there will be a credit card charge of $25.00 per person in the party. Thank you.
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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Gordon, was great! My boyfriend’s steak & eggs dish was delicious. My eggs Chesapeake were good. The tables were pretty close together and the acoustics made for a slightly high noise level. The room decor was otherwise very cool.

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G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Andrew was a spectacular bartender that made us some unique whiskey cocktails based on what flavors we enjoyed. Not a big cocktail person at all, usually just wine and beer but felt very comfortable and enjoyed every sip.

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RF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alex was a very intimate and warm place...with excellent craft drinks. We had a wonderful time celebrating our 17th Anniversary. The sweet sounds of Bonnie Harris (trio) was amazing! Mrs. Harris sang “At Last” in recognition of our anniversary as we danced. We even met Al Harris, Bonnie’s husband of 35 years, which they will be celebrating an Anniversary in January 2019. Everyone we met or conversed with that night were kind and friendly people. It was truly a night we’ll never forget. We highly recommend The Alex!

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MG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Bartender was great but otherwise service wasn't great. It took a long time to get drinks and our server checked on us maybe once - when we needed him we had to rather aggressively flag him down.

Very loud bar, which didn't fit with the rest of the vibe.

If you're going to check this out, definitely aim for a Saturday night when they have live jazz! That was definitely the highlight of the experience. Menu drinks are good but a little over the top, but the bartender made some great classic drinks - we had a martini and Manhattan, both of which were excellent.

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DC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Very small - I strongly suggest making a reservation if you want an actual seat. I find the cuisine to be just OK I’m a little overpriced for what you received. Warning, there is no coffee at this place! So if you are a coffee drinker and would like some with your dessert, you should know that this is not an option. That being said, I was with someone who was willing to go to the hotel just upstairs to ask for a cup. They happily accommodated us. It should have actually have been the waiter doing this and not my guest. Other than these small things the place is very cozy and a good environment for a date.

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BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

A reservation is worthless since they seat people at the table even if they don't have reservations. People tend to linger at their tables for hours so when your reservation time comes you end up squeezed into the only available space at the back of the bar. I wouldn't complain as much if The Alex didn't charge a $25 fee for no shows, but as they do I feel they should be held to the same accountability they expect from their patrons.

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The Alex refused to honor specials as advertised as part of Georgetown Glow. This was disappointing. Portions for entrees are small.

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

I was expecting to hear music, but a large, very noisy group of 11 or 12 talked loudly during the music. I enjoyed the venue, the food was good, but the disturbance was irritating IF one attends for a jazz/song venue. The Alex nneds to decide if it is a music venue or a meeting place. It doesn't work as both.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Interesting and strong cocktails, service was slow and disjointed, but the small size of the place and ambiance made up for what was lacking. Cocktails still need a little finesse, as some are a bit too overpowering. With a little fine tuning, this can become one of the gems in DC

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JP
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Creative bar tender made it fun

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Didn’t eat. Just went for drink

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did go on a very unusual day - thanksgiving night, so the place was pretty much all to ourselves. Few more pairs of people came in and out but it never got buys. So the impressions we have may not stand on a different ordinary night. But we loved Adam, his craft and food suggestions.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent food, and outstanding craft cocktails. High value for the money - will definitely return in the future.
Note: Service was friendly, but slow, on a light mid-week evening.

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SM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Just not good. Not authentic. Weird place and it doesn’t smell good.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and the live jazz was really good.
Our table wasn’t available when we first arrived for our reservation but the staff handled it very well. They got us drinks and made sure we were taken care of. Once a table opened they moved us right in. No complaints, we had a great time.

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MK
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

Well, everything was great except the server. She was rude and not attentive. She was ruining our evening while everything else were good.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

Great "speakeasy" novelty bar with awesome bartender and amazing cocktails. Nice atmosphere and it's kinda cool that you have to enter a code at the door to get in. Seriously though, eat before you go. The food was awful. The pork buns were almost inedible, I guess we were just really hungry. The bun was baked, not steamed, as it should have been, so it was brown, dry, and crunchy. The pork almost jerky, super dry, hard, and tasted burnt. The steak was just OK and for Waygu, we expected better. The veg on the side was banquet hall quality. At least the fries were decent.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was not good. The server continuously asked us if we want more food/drinks and it was annoying. She did that every 10 minutes even when the food we already order was not ready. It was really disappointing and a 20% tip was added mandatory to the check. Her attitude was not the best and the restaurant was empty so it was not because she was under stress.

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was very well partnered with the subtle life Jazz performance. My meal was prepared to perfection. The manager catered to my food allergies with precision and care, I could not me more pleased with that.

I'll be back......for Sure!

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c
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This would have been a great place to go but they had 1 server for about a dozen tables (some 2 and some 4 tops). The server was nice enough and got everything right but she was frazzled and we had to wait a while for our drinks and food.

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SP
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing. We arrived at 7:30 for our reservation and the noise level wasn’t too bad, but within 30 minutes we were almost yelling at each other to hear. There wasn’t any music either. Right away we ordered 1 appetizer and 1 entree and didn’t receive them for 45 minutes. It was crazy. There were only 3 other small parties before we arrived. The devil eggs were just ok, somewhat bland. The paella was very good, but very small for the price.

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R
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Great cocktails! Poor service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We loved our time at The Alex, and definitely will come back!

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KD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We went on a Thursday night for a special date night. There was live flamenco music - I don't tend to think flamenco when I think Speakeasy... and it was VERY loud - this is a small space so a live band overpowers the entire room. It tries for the Speakeasy ambiance, but other than the secret access door to get there (or you just take the elevator) - this is the restaurant where breakfast is served for the hotel above every morning - not exactly a secluded off-the-grid underground bar. The cocktails were OK, nothing special but not terrible. For $15 a piece I wanted a little more. We did not have any food but I couldn't submit this review without rating it - not sure why Opentable requires that.

Overall, I was disappointed and have no plans to go back.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The music, organized by Chris Grasso, was excellent. Very talented musicians, it was a great treat to hear them. Unfortunately, the sounds from the bar (vigorous mixing of drinks) in such a small space was very intrusive, and very distracting. Otherwise a delightful evening.

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P
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place to visit on a date to get away from he norm. Nicely place in the Georgetown area of DC. I liked the little touches to make the place memorable. I would definitely visit again.

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CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We’ve been to the Alex many times and never had a problem. So we were excited to make another reservation for some family birthdays. We made reservations for 9:00 pm about a month in advance. We arrived and were told our table was ready. At 10:30, after being ignored for the whole evening by the waitstaff we were told our table was ready. That’s also when they finally acknowledged our long wait. Too little, too late. Very disappointed in this experience!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly server. Cool unique drinks. Recommend for a relaxing evening.

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d
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and wonderful music. excellent cocktails.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

While the drinks were pretty good, the food was not ($35 for a charcuterie plate that felt like slices of cheese and sausage from wegmans). When we walked in, we also stood there for a few minutes before anyone greeted or helped us. The server was busy, but the bartender could have greeted us for her since he was no more than 2 feet away from us.

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem. Fabulous music and amazingly the food is also exceptional. We always enjoy The Alex!

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MN
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing place :) I love this place is one of my fav spot in dc !

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were fabulous and Wilson behind the bar took great car of me.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alex Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy was just wonderful (as always)--it's a fantastic place for cocktails and live jazz, reminiscent of an old school speakeasy. The space is intimate and cosy, which is perfect for the singers and musicians that play here. Perhaps one of its best elements, though, is Ignacio, the manager, who goes out of his way to make one feel at home. I was at the Alex for a birthday celebration for one of my guests. Ignacio went above and beyond--sending over complimentary bubbly and even arranging for a special birthday song (needless to say, my mum was charmed to bits!). The Alex and Ignacio bring to mind an old-time cocktail bar, with a charming gentleman host. What gems!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Extremely noice and super slow service. Our drink took an hour
However, they where pretty good

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b
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Unauthentic, unenthusiastic attempt to create a speakeasy atmosphere. Overpriced. Either understaffed or just poor service.

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SG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there for my husband's birthday. The evening was delightful with excellent service provided by Nora. As always, Ignacio was the consummate host. The music by Sharon Clark trio was also wonderful. I am so glad the venue has worked toward providing a quiet venue for jazz fans to hear the music.

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BB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The Alex is something of a wonder. In the heart of Georgetown there is a cool little spot where the drinks are excellent and the food is good, and on Saturday nights there is excellent jazz with no cover! The talent is some of the best in DC but the space is tiny, so reservations are a must. Just don't tell too many people. And be warned on Saturday nights, this is a listening club, so don't plan to come to talk all night with the music as background. There are plenty of those bars around. Here we come to listen to the music - not you! Sorry for the rant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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